Our Story

About Us: Doing the extraordinary with ordinary people

TCT was founded in 1970 by four businessmen who wanted to translate their belief "Social responsibility of business is not optional, but obligatory" into action. We are working in 315 villages in the Vellore district, providing services in Community Healthcare, Women Empowerment, Disability, De-addiction and Village Development.

Our model has always been based on collaborating with the community to meet their own needs. From our experience, if you do not engage the community from the beginning, your program will fail. Communication is key. The community members have shaped our activities, and with their feedback we have evolved as well. Trial and error have been vital to our learning process, and when we discover that we are redundant, we move to other needs. We have always worked with volunteers but now even put more emphasis on creating local leaders and action groups. Women have played a large role in facilitating any gap between TCT and the community. They have become the change agents, earning respect and accepting ownership for implementing action on the ground.

For the past few years, we have been working on consolidating our activities, and focusing our work in the region on integrated and effective community health and development practices. We also set up the Thirumalai Mission Hospital in 2010 to offer accessible, affordable and quality healthcare.

We continue to work toward our goal of bringing the rural poor together to build their future, and improve their quality of life. We invite you to participate with us to reach more people in more ways.

Meet the TCT Core Team:

Bhooma Parthasarathy, Director/Trustee: For the past 30 years Bhooma has created and led the TCT programs. She was instrumental in the founding of the Thirumalai Mission Hospital. Her vision has driven the success of TCT.

Bhooma Parthasarathy's Personal Journey

Dr. M.S. Seshadri, MD, PhD, and FRCP: Medical Director, TMH, Bringing over 30 years of experience with him, Dr. Seshadri developed the current hospital medical practices. He is driving the creation of a secondary care model of health care that is relevant to India.

Dr. Lakshmi Seshadri M.D. is our senior consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. A retired professor and Head of Department from Christian Medical College, Vellore. She has many research publications and scientific papers to her credit. Her involvement has helped us initiate women’s health screening and camps. A stickler for perfection, she focuses a great deal on quality systems and demands adherence to protocols.

Dr. Samuel Solomon M.B.B.S., D.ortho, M.S.(ortho), M.Phil joined our team in January 2015 after 34 years of experience at Schieffelin Leprosy Research & Training Centre, Karigiri, Tamil Nadu. He is an orthopaedic surgeon and has expertise in any surgical rehabilitation. He has published several research and presented scientific papers.He is very much involved in building a good MIS and sound administration in our hospital. He has received two prestigious awards from the ancient science and Archaeological Society of India: ‘Honorary Fellowship’ and ‘Vaidya Ratna’

Ms. Lucy Samuel Solomon M.Sc.(Nursing) and Diploma in Midwifery, combines her 30 years of nursing, administrative and quality care nursing at Schieffelin Leprosy Research & Training Centre, Karigiri, Tamil Nadu and hospitals in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to strengthen the nursing care at our hospital as a nursing leader. She initiated many systems for quality management in nursing in her previous assignment.

Mr. S. Sridharagopalan, post retirement from BHEL as Deputy General Manager is adding value to our administrative capability as General Manager (Administration).

Mr. K. Kumar M.A., B.Ed., M.Phil. is a Sociologist with over eighteen years of experience in the Health and NGO field. He brings in his experience to our Primary Healthcare programmes and manages the field staff.

V. Ramesh, Manager of Thirumalai Mission Hospital: Having been associated with TMH every since it was conceived. Ramesh has been valuable asset to the team, and he has completed his MBA in Hospital Administration.

TCT is registered as a Public Charitable Trust

It is recognized as a Charitable Organization

It is recognized under Foreign Contributions Regulation Act

Donation to TCT is eligible for 50% tax exemption under section 80G of IT Act

Donation to TCT for some specified projects approved by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India is eligible for 100% tax exemption under section 35AC of IT Act

Where We Work

Awards and Media

TCT has won several awards for contribution to Women Empowerment, Village Development and Education. These include the following:

1999 Indian Merchants Chamber, Mumbai Environment Agriculture Rural Development Award
2000 Balavihar, BHEL, Ranipet Village Development Award
2001 FICCI New Delhi Social Responsiveness Award
2002 Innerwheel 323 Woman of the year Award
2005 Manava Seva Dharma Samvardhani Sadguru Gnananda Award
2005 Rotary Club of Madras Midtown For the Sake of Honour Award
2006 Rotary Club of Vellore Fort Best Distinguished Citizen of Tamilnadu
2007 Alagu Charitable Trust Social Service Award
2007 FICCI Ladies Organization Best Social Welfare Orginization Award
2011 Rotary Club of T.Nagar Mrs. YGP Educationist Award
2014 Indian Chemical Council CSR Award
2015 Stella Maris College Alumnae Association Proud Stella Marian Award
2018 Nehru Siddhanth Kendar Trust Sat Paul Mittal Award
2019 Rotary District 3232 Women Empowerment & Rural Healthcare
2019 Rotary Club of Besant Nagar Excellence in Community Services
2020 The Old Students' Union of Lady Sivaswami Ayyar Girls' Higher Secondary School Poorva Vidyarthini Rathna Award for outstanding service to society

Best Educationalist Award from Rotary

Award from The Finance Minister of India 2001

Collaboration Partners

Thirumalai Charity Trust has been fortunate enough to collaborate with many leading organizations. With the support of these groups TCT's impact has had a far greater effect.

We specially acknowledge the following organizations who have added tremendous value to our work:

Ultramarine and Pigments Ltd.:


Ultramarine and Pigments Ltd. has provided on-going support for TCT's projects since its inception. This long term support has helped TCT shape many of its programmes creating long lasting impact.


Thirumalai Chemicals Ltd.:


Besides giving financial support, Thirumalai Chemicals Ltd. has also provided in kind services from time to time.


TTK Hospital:


T.T. Ranganathan Clinical Research Foundation (TTK Hospital, Chennai) is a pioneer centre established in 1980, treating and rehabilitating persons addicted to alcohol and other drugs over the last two decades. TTK Foundation has been instrumental to TCT on its deaddication program. For more than 2 decades, TTK has provided outreach support, and expertise to the TCT staff and the communities in which we work.


CS Foundation:


The mission at CS Foundation is to uplift impoverished, rural India by supporting trusted local non-profit organizations in their effort to help communities create a better life.

The CS Foundation has been one of TCT's main supporters for over 10 years. The CS Foundation has raised awareness and funds for TCT abroad, reaching people from all over the world. Through their generous donations we have been able to continue our work in our Primary and Secondary healthcare programs.


Hindu Mission Hospital:


Hindu Mission Hospital was started on 5th Dec 1982 as a not for profit hospital at Tambaram on the National Highway with a view to cater to the needs of the local community.

With Hindu Missions Hospital, TCT has been able to execute several health camps, including specialist eye and cardiac camps. The Hindu Mission Hospital has helped TCT with a lot of advisory and hand-holding input in the initial hospital building phase and later in the expansion phase. More than 2000 persons have participated in these camps and more than 500 poor patients have received free treatment for cataract surgery and heart surgery and treatment at the Hindu Mission Hospital since 2011. They have also been the inspiration for our own Thirumalai Mission Hospital.